Dubai Travel

Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Eubayy, iconic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings. In particular the Burj Khalifa – world’s tallest building.

Dubai is located on the Persian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates; and lies directly within the Arabian Desert.

Dubai has no rivers or oases; however Dubai it does have a natural inlet, the Dubai Creek.

Even though Arabic is the official language of the United Arab Eubayy, English is the most spoken language in Dubai.

There are also other languages spoken in Dubai like Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, Tagalog, Persian, Chinese, Malayalam, and others.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven constituent monarchies: the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain.

The ruler of Dubai is the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, the head of government.

Tourism is an important part of the Dubai government’s strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash into the emirate.

Dubai’s main tourist attraction is based mainly on shopping. Dubai has been called the “shopping capital of the Middle East”.

The City of Gold” – There are over 250 gold shops in Deira.

Dubai Creek Park plays a vital role in Dubai tourism.

Some of the most famous tourist attractions in Dubai are the Dolphinarium, Cable Car, Camel Ride, Horse Carriage and Exotic Birds Shows.

Palm Jumeirah Island

Dubai is home to several man-made islands, the Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago.

It is one of three planned islands called the Palm Islands which extend into the Persian Gulf.

Palm Jumeirah has a monorail, that connects the Palm Jumeirah to the mainland, and has an extension to the Dubai Metro Rail.

Dubai Miracle Garden
The Dubai Miracle Garden, is the world’s largest flower garden. It has a total of 45 million flowers.

Dubai has a variety of parks like Safa Park, Mushrif Park, and Hamriya Park. Each park is different from the other; for example Mushrif Park showcases houses from different parts of the world.

Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai is a large indoor skiing facility at Mall of the Emirates, offering snowboarding, ski lessons, and has a children’s play area and a café.

Burj Al Arab Hotel
The Burj Al Arab Hotel / Tower of the Arabs Hotel , is a luxury hotel, is frequently described as “the world’s only 7-star” hotel on the hotel.

Public Transportation
Transport in Dubai is controlled by the Roads and Transport Authority – The RTA. The RTA is a government agency of Dubai, formed by royal decree in 2005. The bus system services 140 different routes.

Dubai Taxi Corporation, is a division of the RTA, they are known for their taxis with red roofs. There are also five private taxi companies.

Skyscraper Dubai
Dubai has a rich collection of buildings and structures of various architectural styles.

In 2010 they completed the Burj Khalifa – Khalifa Tower in english – the world’s tallest building.

At the top of the Burj Khalifa, you will find the world’s highest observatory deck with an outdoor terrace.

Airport
Dubai International Airport is the 3rd busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic. It handles an estimated 83 million passengers annually.

The airport is also the busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic.

The Dubai Metro is the first urban train network in the Arabian Peninsula. All the trains run without a driver and are based on automatic navigation.

The tramway located in Al Sufouh, Dubai, runs for 14.5 kilometres that’s about 9.0 miles.

Arabic Food / Emirati Cuisine
Arabic food is very popular and tasty is available everywhere in the city. There are place in the tourist area that give free on the food laws and observations.

Dubai is known for its nightlife. Clubs and bars are found mostly in hotels due to the liquor laws.

Dress Code and the Law
The Emirati attire is typical of several countries in the Arabian peninsula.
Women usually wear the “Abaya”, a long black robe with a hijab – headscarf which also covers the neck.

The dress code is not mandatory nonetheless there are prohibitions on clothes that reveal too much skin.

Visitors are expected to conform to the dress code, and are encoded in Dubai’s criminal law.

Football and cricket are the most popular sports in Dubai.

The electrical current in Dubai is 220/240 V, 50 Hz AC. British-style 3-pin electrical plugs are used (Type G or 13 amp plug).

Most electrical goods sold in Dubai have European 2-pin plugs. The same power system is used throughout the United Arab Emirates.

There is no doubt traveling to Dubai is a must, discover the beauty of their islands. Take in the view from the highest of skyscrapers and gaze upon the beauty and charm of nature.

Let me know all about your experience in all those skyscrapers.

Take lots of pictures, and send us some. Have a good time.

St. Eustatius Travel

Sint Eustatius also known as Statia, formerly part of the Netherlands Antilles.

Sint Eustatius became a special municipality within The Netherlands on October 10th, 2010.

The island is 21 square kilometres that is approxinmately 81 square miles.

The official language is Dutch, English is the widely spoken.

The island of St Eustatius does not really have its own specialized cuisine, but there are some tasty Creole options for those looking for something a little exotic.

The food is mainly Dutch cuisine, although you can savour a host of international flavors sucha as European, American, and Asian spices.

The capital city of St. Eustatius is called Oranjestad, the smallest capital in the world.

To reach St. Eustatius, you first have to first fly to St. Maarten.

There are regular flights to St. Maarten from Paris, Amsterdam, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary.
Air France
WinAir Airlines flies from St. Maarten to St. Eustatius frequently – it’s a 20 minutes flight.

Statia has become a marriage favorite in the Caribbean. that’s because of the many wedding packages available in the island.

You can get married in the Courthouse, in one of the churches or on the beach, in Fort Oranje which was built in 1636, in the Dutch Reformed Church, in a Jewish Synagogue built in 1739, or in the The Miriam C. Smith Botanical Garden.

Getting married in any of these places is possible any day of the week.

Another island attraction is The St Eustatius National Marine Park created in 1996, which protects a variety of habitats, including pristine coral reefs.

Within the Park are two actively- managed Reserves in which no fishing or anchoring is permitted.

St. Eustatias has a dormant volcano ‘The Quill’ and the ‘Boven’ which is an area covering five hills in the north of St Eustatius, also known as The Northern Hills.

Various types of habitats are protected, from the forests at the top of the Quill volcano to the thorny woodlands on the lower slopes.

The Miriam Schmidt Botanical Garden is a great place to visit, it was created in 1998 – this garden is protected an provides the opportunity to rest in a peaceful environment.

Statia has great hiking trails some lead to the volcano, you can buy a trail tag in the National Park office which costs $10.00 and is valid for a year.

No doubt Statia is the place to travel to, maybe the perfect place for that special moment .

Whatever you choose – take lots of pictures of it’s almost untouched natural nature.

Let me know all about it?

Did you see any weddings?

Puerto Rico Travel

Brief History of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is a great place to travel to,  it’s  history is full of interesting facts; here are a few of them:
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico) is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the Caribbean.

It consists of the main island Puerto Rico, and three small islands which are the Isla de Mona, Culebra, and Vieques.
History books tell of an Ortoiroid people who were displaced by the Saladoid’s, a culture from the same region that arrived on the island some time around 250 BC.

The Taíno culture developed on the island between the 7th and 11th century. By 1000 AD, it had become the dominant race.
By 1493, when Columbus arrived, the island was populated by an estimated 30,000 to 60,000 Amerindians Tainos, led by the cacique chief Agüeybaná.

The Tainos called the island Boriken, which means “The great land of the valiant and noble Lord”.

Christopher Columbus claimed the island, for the Crown of Castile in Spain.

For four centuries after that the island was transformed into a colony of Spain.

This changed the islands ethnic, cultural and physical landscapes. Some of which is still evident in Old San Juan.

During this era the island’s population grew with Africans, Canarians, and Andalusian settlers from Spain.

Hundreds also arrived in Puerto Rico, Corsica, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Scotland.

As the population grew they immigrated to the islands of Vieques and Culebra.

In 1898, following the Spanish–American War, the United States of America appropriated Puerto Rico together with most former Spanish colonies under the terms of the Treaty of Paris.

The Spanish vocabulary of Puerto Rico has words that differentiate them from the Spanish spoken in other Caribbean islands.
It’s similar to the Castilian dialect from Spain, with some Taino words in it.

Mainly in the context of vegetation, natural phenomenas or musical instruments.

They also use some words that are similar to words used in the West African languages, chiefly in the contexts of music dances.
For the last century the culture in Puerto Rico is Americanized which has led to the increment of the use of Spanglish.

Spanglish are english-spanish words. Many of which now grace the pages of dictionaries.

Since the occupation of Spain, the Roman Catholic faith is the dominant religion in the island. Every town has a catholic church in it’s town center, usually close to the Town Hall.

Other christians faith have grown in the island are the Pentecosts, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Adventist and Mormon’s faith, and a few Jewish Synagouges.

It is now the dominant religion in Puerto Rico. All municipalities in Puerto Rico have at least one Catholic Church, usually located in the center of the town, close to the Town Hall.

The largest and oldest Public University is the public Universidad de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico University), it has 11 large campuses.

You must have a B average (3.0 GPA) or higher or to get in, and you must maintain it in order to graduate.

The quality of the education it offers has been compared to Princeton, and Harvard.

It has a four (4) schools of Science and Medicine, and three (3) – ABA-approved Law Schools.

Some of the islands most brilliant minds, prominent senators, scientists, and scholars are graduates of the University of Puerto Rico.

The University of Puerto Rico has helped restore the islands faith in public education.

Puerto Rico also is one of the few countries in the world to have 5 Miss Universe title winners.

Must see places in Puerto Rico
El Yunque National Forest, Old San Juan, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Castillo San Cristobal, La Fortaleza, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Culebra, Vieques, Isla de Mona, Condado Beach, Arecibo Observatory, Cayo Icacos, Cuevas de Camuy.

El Yunque Rain Forest
Hike through El Yunque Rain Forest and discover a true green paradise. La Coca Falls has an impressive natural water fall.

Culebra Island
Flamenco Beach, Zoni Beach and El Polvorín are three of the must see beaches in Culebra especially for those who like to swim, dive or snorkel in a clear water – white – sand beach.

Culebra is a great place to do some beach hopping, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and even surfing.

You can also hike and do some interesting like bird watching. There are tons of different birds and parrots. Some are huge.

Most people in Culebra park the car and walk everywhere.

Or you can just go there to get away from the city life, connect with nature and relax.

The Island of Vieques
Vieques is an island to simply relax. There are no casinos, no golf courses, no strip malls no major shopping centers, like there are in the main island.

Vieques is a getaway. What is there? A low tide beach, great food, and a relaxing  atmosphere.

There is a bay that glows in the dark, the other is in Lares.

At night the sky lights up over Vieques – since the island is small the street lights do not dominate the space. The stars dominate the space. There are a few more than the city light allows you to see. I would say, a few hundred more.

Arecibo Observatory
The Arecibo Observatory is a radio telescope in the municipality of Arecibo.

The radio telescope terrestrial aeronomy experiments include the Coqui II experiment, supported by NASA. The telescope has military intelligence.

The Arecibo Observatory telescope is said to be the largest on the planet. See the video.

The city of Old San Juan
The first thing that you will notice about old San Juan is that it has been preserved. It houses, buildings, streets and forts that date back several hundred of years.

Old San Juan has the largest harbor in the region, and is the  the capital of Puerto Rico.

Take a boat trip around San Juan then walk thru the city. It’s a wonderful way to start a day.

By the water front, you will see the Condado (Tourist Area), the Fort San Cristobal, it’s the largest fort built by Spain in the New World.

North you will observe, the Capitol Building – it’s made of marble. Similar in shape as the one in Washington, D.C.

Across the bay you will see the Bacardi Distillery in the (islet) Isla de Cabras with its Fort, San Juan De La Cruz. They have daily tours.

In old San Juan you will also see the – Paseo de La Princesa (full of street vendors), the Roots Fountain, The Governors Mansion (San Catalina Castle) and Fort San Felipe Del Morro – which dates back several hundred years.

Camuy River Cave Park
Once you arrive at the Camuy River Cave Park, you will board a trolley to descend about 200 feet (60 m) underground to an million year old cave, where you will walk through Cueva Clara. It has a limestone floor. And a gothic looking ceiling.

The cave is said to have been used by the Taíno Indians.

For such a small island Puerto Rico has a huge history, one of the great things about Puerto Rico is being able to hop on a cruise boat and sail away.

Puerto Rico Cruises
Have a good time in Puerto Rico, whether you get there by plane or cruise ship – you’ll be amazed.

Don’t forget o let me know about your trip.
Buen Viaje!

Sint Maarten Travel

Sint Maarten is an island in the Caribbean. It is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Sint Maarten’s capital is called Philipsburg.

The island is divided into two parts the French side and the Dutch side.

This came about in the 1600’s:

In 1631, the Dutch founded Fort Amsterdam in Saint Maarten as protection from invaders.

Meanwhile, the French wanted to colonize the islands between Trinidad and Bermuda.

Threre after the Dutch West India Company began its salt mining operations in the island.

The Spanish wanted to control the salt trade and attacked the island, taking St. Martin from the Dutch in 1633.

Fifteen years after the Spanish conquered the island, the Eighty Years’ War ended. The Spanish deserted the island in 1648.

Saint Maarten freedom was welcomed news to the Dutch and the French, they reestablished their settlements.

Alot of the Dutch came from St. Eustatius. The French from St. Kitts, while the French came from St. Kitts.

In 1648 the Dutch and the French signed the Treaty of Concordia dividing the island in two, but this did not put an end to the conflict between them because the borders kept moving.

Between 1648 and 1816, the border moved 16 times.

During those years the Dutch and the French cultivated cotton, tobacco and sugar. As their harvest grew their need for man power grew.

They began to import slaves – so many that they became a populous race in the island, and their demands and rebellions against harsh treatment were hard to ignore.

In 1848, the French government abolished slavery, including in St. Martin. The slaves on the Dutch side then protested and it was said that they began to flee to the French side were they would be given asylum.

The local Dutch authorities then emancipated their slaves, this was seen as a sign of good will.

In the 1950’s the Dutch side of the island began to focus on tourism, the French side following suit two decades later.

Making Princess Juliana International Airport one of the busiest in the Eastern Caribbean.

During the era of growth the islands population grew from a 5,000 people to around 60,000 people by the mid 1990’s.

On the 10th of October of 2010, Sint Maarten became a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, making it a constitutional equal partner with Aruba, Curacao, and the Netherlands proper.

The Courthouse in Philipsburg is one of the symbols of Sint Maarten.

The Constitution of Sint Maarten was unanimously adopted by the island council of Sint Maarten on 21 July 2010.

Eugene Holiday was appointed as the first Governor of Sint Maarten by the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in September 2010.

He assumed office on 10 October 2010.

During the past few years Saint Maarten has put it’s name on the map because of the large amount of ships that docks in it’s port, from different parts of the world.

There is no doubt that Saint Maarten is a small island with a interesting history that keeps growing. Saint Maarten is known for it’s many beautiful beaches.

Chief among them are the ones where many cruise boats that visit the island daily park. There is one in the capital.

While packing remember that Electrical sockets in Sint Maarten (St. Martin) usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. Take an adapter if needed.

Have a good time in the island, it does not matter how you get there plane or ship you will have a great time.

Washington, D.C Travel

Washington, D.C – capitol of U.S.A

Washington D.C is the capital of the United States of America, it borders with Maryland and Virginia. Home of three of the Federal Governments most important branches – the Capitol, White House and the Supreme Court.

The National Mall is home to Washington’s most interesting monuments, memorials and museums.

The US Navy Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial are powerful tributes to American history.

The White House, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, are are places you might want to reserve ahead.

Make a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where you make a visit to the Kennedy family gravesite and spend some time with those who gave their life’s to protect our freedom.

Visit the nations’s capital and enjoy it’s rich history here are some facts:

December 23, 1788
Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area for the seat of the national government; about two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia.

January 23, 1789

Georgetown University was established by Jesuits in present-day Washington, D.C., as the 1st US Catholic college.

Jul 16, 1790
The District of Columbia was established as the seat of the United States government.

Mar 29, 1791
Pres. George Washington and French architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant examined the site along the Potomac River that would become the U.S Capital; land given by Virginia and Maryland.

Washington became the official federal capital in 1800.

Apr 15, 1791
Surveyor General Andrew Ellicott consecrated the southern tip of the triangular District of Columbia at Jones Point.
December 12, 1800
Washington D.C. was established as the capital of the United States.

February 27, 1801
The District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.

March 4, 1801
Thomas Jefferson was the first President to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C.

August 25, 1814
British forces destroyed the Library of Congress, containing some 3,000 books.

January 30, 1815
The burned Library of Congress was reestablished with Jefferson’s 6,500 volumes.

January 1, 1818
An official reopening of the White House took place after being repaired from burning by British during War of 1812.

December 24, 1851
Fire devastated the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroying about 35,000 volumes.

January 8, 1853
The first US bronze equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson was unveiled in Washington,D.C.

Mar 6, 1862
President Abraham Lincoln proposed to Congress a revised plan of compensated emancipation for slave-owners in the District of Columbia and the border states.

April 3, 1862
A bill was passed to abolish slavery in Washington, D.C. President Lincoln signed the bill April 16th, 1862.

April 13, 1862
In the Washington area volunteers led by Sarah J. Evans paid homage to the graves of Civil War soldiers.

March 4, 1865
President Lincoln was inaugurated for his 2nd term as President. The Inaugural Ball was held March 6th, 1865.

Apr 14, 1865
On the evening of Good Friday, just after 10 p.m., Pres. Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC. President Lincoln died, several hours after he was shot.

Upon the assassination Vice-President, Andrew Johnson became the 17th President of the United States – from 1865-1869.

July 5, 1865
The US Secret Service began operating under the Treasury Department. The Secret Service Division goal was to suppress counterfeit currency.

September 25, 1867

Congress created the 1st all black university, Howard University in Washington DC.

October 12, 1901
Theodore Roosevelt renamed the Executive Mansion, to The White House.

March 27, 1912

The first cherry blossom trees, a gift from Japan, were planted in Washington, D.C.

June 20, 1944

The US Congress chartered the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

 May 24, 1951

Racial segregation in Washington D.C. restaurants was ruled illegal.

September 7, 1954

Integration of public schools began in Washington D.C

March 19, 1979

The U.S. House of Representatives began televising its day-to-day business.

April 30, 1997

President Clinton reopened the newly renovated Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Washington also has a lot of things you can do for free, you can visit the Library of Congress, they have free lectures, concerts, exhibits and poetry readings.

The Supreme Court has session that begin at 9:30 a.m. outside the Front Plaza, visitors should arrive much earlier for a chance to attend a session.

You can also visit the National Zoo for free. Home to 1,500 animals of 300 different species.

Washington has great hotels, motels, car rentals, tours and restaurants.

There’s no doubt that Washington is a very interesting place – I know you will have a great time when you visit it.

Orlando, Florida Travel

The weather can be a mysterious, exciting and sometimes dangerous thing. But most of all is an attraction. Quite often is the the reason we choose a vacation to a certain place. Having great weather most of the time, is synonymous with tourist attraction. That’s what Orlando, Florida has – great weather. A Good reason to go there the majority of the year.

Orlando, is a city in central Florida. Home to more than a dozen theme parks, amongst which are:

Universal Orlando Resort, a theme park resort owned by NBC Universal and its affiliates.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure is a theme park in Orlando, Florida. Popular spot for walking, special events, feeding the swans & renting swan-shaped paddleboats.

The International Drive, commonly known as I-Drive, is a major 11.1-mile thoroughfare in Orlando, the main strip.

Fun Spot America Theme Parks are group of amusement parks located in Orlando, Florida.

Some people say everything is so expensive in Orlando, check out travel packages and offers in this website and the list of free things you can do in-between theme parks in Orlando.

Visit the CityArts Factory is an eclectic collection of art galleries in downtown Orlando showcasing local and international artists. Free admission Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Walt Disney World Resort

See Orlando’s natural beauty and landscape in Florida’s “secret garden”, the 5.22 acre Kraft Azalea Gardens is located on Lake Eola Park – it’s a 43-acre recreational area in the heart of downtown Orlando.

Visitors can picnic along the shore, enjoy one of the many free concerts at the amphitheater, feed the resident swans or stop by the farmer’s market on Sundays.

Then camp out and roast marshmallows with Disney characters Chip n’ Dale at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort for free.

The evening sing-a-long around the campfire includes a viewing of a Disney movie. Starts at 7:30 p.m.

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, which sits on 80 breathtaking acres just north of Orlando, offers free tours, tastings and many free festivals and events.

Orlando is a unique destination, and there are things to do here that you can’t do anywhere else in the world.

Disney’s Boardwalk features free, live street entertainment in the evenings, including comedians, jazz ensembles and fire shows.

Disney Cruise

Another way of seeing the magical kingdom is getting there on a cruise, find out how on the following video:

Orlando has great hotels, motels, car rentals, tours, cruises and restaurants.

There is so much to do and see in Orlando, book your trip today, let me know how your trip went.

Have a Magical time………

Madrid Travel

Brief History of Madrid

Madrid is a great place to travel to,  it’s  history is full of interesting facts; here are a few of them.

Madrid is the capital of Spain since 1606. The development of Madrid as a city began when Philip II moved his court from Toledo to Madrid in 1560.

The origin of the name Madrid is believed to date back as far as 2nd century BC.

In 1329, Ferdinand IV of Castile assembled the Cortes Generales, a precursor to the modern Spanish parliament.

Between 1379 – 1406 Henry III of Castile rebuilt the city after it was destroyed by fire.

The marriage of Ferdinand and Isabella united the Crowns of Castile and Aragon, leading to the beginning of the Spain we all know and love today.

The two kingdoms maintained their national laws until 1714, when under the new Dynasty of the Bourboun a centralized State was built under the “Ways and Laws of Castile”.

The kingdoms of Castile and Aragón were fully united by Charles I of Spain.

During the 17th century, Madrid grew rapidly. The royal court attracted alot of artists and writers to Madrid among which are Cervantes and Lope de Vega.

Philip II transferred the capital from Toledo to Madrid in 1561.

In 1739 Philip V, began constructed new palaces, among which the Palacio Real de Madrid.

From 1716–1788 Charles III made Madrid a city full of buildings and monuments including the Prado and the Puerta de Alcalá.

In 1936–1939, Madrid was besieged by Spanish Nationalist and allied troops under Francisco Franco, during his dictatorship Madrid became very industrialized and experienced massive migrations from rural environments into the city.

Following the death of Franco, and in order to secure stability and democracy, the emerging democratic parties including those of left-wing and republican ideology accepted Franco’s wish to be succeeded by Juan Carlos I, leading to Spain’s current position as a constitutional monarchy.

Benefiting from prosperity in the 1980’s, Spain’s capital city has consolidated its position as the leading economic, cultural, industrial, educational and technological center of the Iberian peninsula.

The Monarchy of Spain referred to as the Crown or the Hispanic Monarchy comprises the reigning monarch, and of his or her family.

Spanish Constitution 

In 1978 the Spanish Constitution re-established the Spanish Monarchy as the form of government in Spain.

The present Spanish monarchy is represented by King Felipe VI, his wife Queen Letizia, and their daughters Leonor, Princess of Asturias, and Infanta Sofia.

It affirmed the role of the King of Spain as the personification and embodiment of the Spanish State and a symbol of Spain’s enduring unity and permanence.

In 2010, the budget for the Spanish monarchy was 7.4 million euros, one of the lowest public expenditures for the institution of monarchy in Europe.

Some of Madrid’s Most Popular Sites

Among Madrid’s most popular sites are the Museo Reina Sofia, Mercado de San Miguel, Temple de Debod, Plaza de Cibeles, Puerta del Sol, Gran Via, Retiro Park, Prado Museum, Plaza Mayor, and Palacio Real.

The Museo Reina Sofía was designed as a modern complement to the historical Prado Museum. The museum is home to a large collections of artwork by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

The Mercado de San Miguel is a popular shopping destination for local foods and delicacies. On weekends it stays open as late as 2 a.m., as such it’s become a popular place to enjoy drinks and tapas.

The Temple of Debod is in Parque del Oeste, a park near the Royal Palace. The temple to the Egyptian goddess Isis; once stood on the banks of the Nile.

Plaza de Cibeles is closed to the Palace Cibeles, formerly known as the Palace of Communications. At the center of the plaza is a statue; the Fuente de la Cibeles. The fountain depicts the Roman goddess Cybele on a chariot drawn by lions.

Puerta del Sol, or the “Gate of the Sun,” is located in the center of Madrid. This is the place where thousands gather each New Year’s Eve to welcome in the new year. The statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree standing on one side of Puerta del Sol – is considered a symbol of Madrid.

The Gran Vía is known as the Broadway of Madrid because it’s “the street that never sleeps.” The Gran Vía has hundreds of shops, restaurants and businesses.

The Parque del Buen Retiro or El Retiro, is a 350-acre garden, with fountains located at the edge of the city center. Retiro Park was a monastery in the 1500s.

The Museo del Prado is an 18th century structure designed by Juan de Villanueva, which houses artworks from Goya, El Greco, da Ribera and Velázquez.

Madrid’s Plaza Mayor dates back to 1619, was used once to host bullfights.

The Palacio Real of Madrid is known for it’s huge structure, it has more than 2,500 fully decorated rooms. Built in 1764, the palace served as the royal residence of Carlos III.

The last royals to reside there were Alfonso XIII and Victoria Eugenie in the early 1900’s.

Fifty (50) of the rooms are open to the public, including the throne room (Salón del Trono),”.

The ceiling of the throne room was painted by the Baroque artist Tiepolo.

The palace is still used for official government ceremonies.

The palace also has a fresco in the grand dining hall that depicts Christopher Columbus presenting gifts from the New World to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.

Travel Pass

When traveling to Madrid The Travel Pass is a wonderful way to save money when using Madrid’s public transport systems, the ticket is valid for all of Madrid’s Metro and Bus services within the city, together with the local suburban trains and the inner-city light railway.

The pass is available for 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days, and can be purchased for Zones A or T. Most of our visitors will require a pass for Zone A only, which covers all locations within Madrid’s city center including the airport.

The ticket is delivered in a protective plastic holder and includes Metro, bus and train maps, together with landmarks and places of interest in Madrid. Instructions for use are also included.

The pass must be purchased for the number of days you will use it for. It will then be activated the first time it is used, and the expiry date printed on the back.

The pass is then valid until 5:00 am on the day after the expiry date, allowing you to use the late nocturnal transport services as well.

In Madrid you can also buy a Tourist Pass and save big on top tourist attractions, some include transport and tapas at some of the sites.

In Madrid, electric power comes through at 220 volts and at 50 Hertz. Check to see if you will need a adapter.

Have a good time in Madrid, let me know about your true travel experience …

London Travel

A Brief History of London

London is a great place to travel to,  it’s  history is full of interesting facts; here are a few of them:

According to the legendary Historia Regum Britanniae, by Geoffrey of Monmouth, London was founded by Brutus of Troy about 1000–1100 B.C. after he defeated the native giant Gogmagog; the settlement was known as Caer Troia, Troia Nova in Latin it means New Troy.

AD 200

Britain was divided in two. York became the capital of Britannia Inferior & London of Britannia Superior.

A century later, the Emperor Diocletian reorganized Britain to improve administrative efficiency.

London became the capital of Maxima Caesariensis, one of the four newly created provinces.

It remained the financial center of Britain, and home of the treasury.

Christianity appears to have reached the province at an early date and, only a year after the religion became official London had its own Bishop, Restitutus. Who is known to have attended the Imperial Council of Arles.
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In 1097 William Rufus, the son of William the Conqueror began the construction of ‘Westminster Hall’, which became the focus of the Palace of Westminster.

In 1176 construction began of the most famous incarnation of London Bridge (completed in 1209) which was built on the site of several earlier wooden bridges.

This bridge would last for 600 years, and remained the only bridge across the River Thames until 1739.

In 1216 during the First Barons’ War London was occupied by Prince Louis of France, who had been called in by the baronial rebels against King John and was acclaimed as King of England in St Paul’s Cathedral.

Over the following centuries, London would shake off the heavy French cultural and linguistic influence which had been there since the times of the Norman conquest.

The city would figure heavily in the development of Early Modern English.

During the Reformation, more than half of the area of London was the property of monasteries. London was the center of Protestantism in England.

Henry VIII’s “Dissolution of the Monasteries” had a profound effect on the city. Most of the property changed hands.

The process started in the mid 1530s and by 1538 most monastic houses had been abolished.

The late 16th and early 17th century saw the great flourishing of drama in London. A iconic and prominent figure of the time was William Shakespeare.

During Queen Elizabeth I reign, some of her courtiers and wealthier citizens of London built themselves country residences in Middlesex, Essex and Surrey and permanently left the city.

This was an early stirring of the villa movement, which was a taste for residences which were neither of the city or on an agricultural estate, but at the time of Elizabeth’s death in 1603, London was densely populated.

The general meeting-place of the time was the Old St. Paul’s Cathedral. Merchants used to conduct their business in the aisles.

Lawyers received their clients at their particular pillars; and the unemployed went to the church to look for work.

St Paul’s Churchyard became the center of the book trade, while Fleet Street became a center of public entertainment.

Charles I, acceded to the throne in 1625. During his reign, aristocrats began to inhabit the West End in large numbers. On September 2nd of 1666 the Great Fire of London broke out at one o’clock in the morning at a bakery in Pudding Lane.

It was a windy night and the fire spread, for four days all efforts to extinguish it failed. On Thursday it was finally extinguished, but on the evening of that day the flames returned at the Temple. The fire destroyed sixty percent of the City, the Old St Paul’s Cathedral, 87 parish churches, 44 livery company halls and the Royal Exchange.

The number of lives lost was amazingly small; sixteen lives are said to have been lost in the blaze.

The new City was different from the old one. All the houses and structures were made of bricks. Wood houses were no longer allowed.

During the reign of Queen Anne an act was passed authorizing the building of 50 new churches to serve the greatly increased population living outside the boundaries of the City of London.

The 18th century was a period of rapid growth for London, reflecting an increasing national population, the early stirrings of the Industrial Revolution, and London’s role at the centre of the evolving British Empire.

The first railway to be built in London was a line from London Bridge to Greenwich, which opened in 1836.

In the mid-1960s, music was on the rise and the UK was noticed for such musicians as the Beatles and The Rolling Stones,

In the mid 60’s London also became a fashion trend – a household name of youth and fashion around the world.

London’s fame quickly spread when they introduced to the market thin built models in mini skirts and short dresses.

London became the home of models with thin build, androgynous looks, big eyes, long eyelashes, and very short hair – who wore mini skirts. Some with boots. It became a trend.

By 1966, the mini skirt phase put London on top of the Fashion world.


On 6 July 2005, London won the right to host the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics making it the first city to host the modern games three times.

However, celebrations were cut short the following day when the city was rocked by a series of terrorist attacks.

More than 50 were killed and 750 injured in three bombings on London Underground trains and a fourth on a double decker bus near King’s Cross.

As you can see London’s history is not only ancient, but intriguing. A must see place.

London Pass

When in London purchase the London Pass it provides you with discounts and free entry to over 60 of the very best tourist attractions in London. Plus a free hop-on hop-off bus tour.

There is also the London Pass for public transportation.

Some of the top attractions in London are the London Tower, Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace, London Zoo and it’s always delightful take a boat cruise in the Thames River.

Make sure to check that your devices are compatible with the 220v voltage of London.

In order to use electronics from the United States in England, as well as most other countries outside of the American continent, you need a voltage converter and a plug adapter, unless you have dual-voltage electronics.

England is a country that uses 220v. If your visiting other countries in Europe as well they mostly uses 220v; as well.
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Great Places to Visit in London 

Buckingham Palace  Tour – usually a 2.5-hour visit to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the Guard Ceremony. Then, enjoy the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – See the sets, costumes, and props used in all the Harry Potter films.

The Coca-Cola London Eye is a major feature of London’s skyline. It boasts some of London’s best views from its 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tonnes and holding up to 25 people. Climb aboard for a breathtaking experience, with an unforgettable perspective of more than 55 of London’s most famous landmarks – all in just 30 minutes!

Madame Tussaud Museum – See world’s most famous faces up-close from Shakespeare to recent artist.

London’s Hop on Hop Off  Bus – It’s best to buy a 24 hour ticket and enjoy the freedom to hop on and off the sightseeing buses and explore some of London’s most famous places, without having to rush to do it all in one day.

Visit the  Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, one day and St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square the next day – plus all the stops you can make at restaurants, rivers, canals, parks and shopping streets.

The  Tower of London, is one of the world’s most famous buildings, its 900-year interesting history as a royal palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and zoo.

There is a 90 minute tour thru London’s dark past that is believed to knock your socks off.

The Sea Life London Aquarium houses over 400 species such as sharks, stingrays, moray eels, clown fish, and green turtles.

Getting around London on the River Boats  are popular with visitors and commuters alike, it’s a great way of beating the traffic and just sitting back to enjoy the view.

There is a large selection of these boat tours, some include, dinning, music, and dancing.

Among the canals a must see is the  Grand Union Canal The single longest canal in Britain, the Grand Union links London and Birmingham.

The River Thames London’s is a wonder ful place to see – runs almost 350km (220 miles) from source to sea. It has an amazing history and offers countless places to just sit and relax. It’s a leisure opportunity.

As you well know; there is so much more to see in London. I just hope you enjoyed the brief history offered here. I too like to know a litle bit about the places I visit.  Enjoy the videos and use the links to book your trip. Below is one for an electricity adaptar in case you need one.

London has great hotels, motels, car rentals and restaurants.

Don’t forget to try the local cuisine, and take lots of photos. Londos

Hope you share your experience with us!

Have a great time!

The Netherlands Travel

The Neherlands is a wonderful place to travel to. It’s history is full of interesting facts – here a a few of them.

The Netherlands is the world’s second-largest exporter of food, flowers,  and agricultural products, after the United States.

Holland is a word that is used to describe The Netherlands.

It’s readily associated with windmills, wooden shoes, beer, tulips, and cheese.

Old Holland consisted of The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The three were once one country – generally known as Holland.

Between 1588 and 1795, the area currently known as The Netherlands was the Republic of Seven United Netherlands.

The republic was conquered by French troops in 1795 and became the Bat-avian Republic. Napoleon appointed his brother Louis as king in 1806, turning the country into a kingdom.

The Netherlands remained a kingdom after Napoleon’s defeat. At that time, the area called “Holland” made the biggest contribution to the entire nation’s economy and wealth.

As such the name Holland became the commonly used term to indicate the entire country.

Pay Bas is another name associated with The Netherlands.

The Benelux Union refers to the political, cultural, and economic union of three Western Europe states.

Namely Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

Benelux is a cobination derived from the first two or three letters of the names of each of these countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Benelux Union is one of the oldest economic unions in the world.

The union was established to promote cooperation and economic integration within the member states.

The Benelux was established in September of 1944 at the London Customs Convention, and took effect until 1948 – when the countries economies stabilized from the consequences of World War II.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The member states agreed on lowering custom duties and import duties, eliminating import quotas, and easing other trade restrictions among the union members.

West Germany, Italy, and France joined the Benelux Union in 1951.

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The union grew to become the European Economic Community and later the European Union.

The European Union took prominence over the Benelux union.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonetheless the Benelux Union continues to a strong pillar in the Dutch, Belgium, and Luxembourg culture, and a very important part of their history.

The three largest cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. Amsterdam being the capital.

When the United States formed the government consisting of the first 13 states, English became the official language of the United States by one vote – Dutch in second place and French came close with fewer votes – took third place.

The port of Rotterdam is the world’s largest port outside East-Asia, and by far the largest port in Europe.

Most people to date call  The Netherlands; Holland.

The Netherlands means “lower countries”, influenced by its low land and flat geography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding one meter above sea level.

The Netherlands also counts with a active beach area.

Very close to the dunes (man helped mountains). The dutch built them to keep the sea from invading their land. A great place to ride bike. One of the nicest sites in the area is watching people of all ages ride bike.

It’s not rare to see someone in their eighties ride bike. A site that makes the human heart rejoice.

Have fun, take a lot of photos and let me know about your trip to The Netherlands.

Don’t forget to take a boat trip…. Let me know how it was……